Rosberg tops the time sheets in second practice at Hockenheim

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Nico Rosberg continued his strong performance into Free Practice 2 as he tops the time sheets for Mercedes AMG PETRONAS for the 2016 German Grand Prix.

The German finished the session with a time of 1:15.614, he was unable to improve on his morning session time but he was still able to fend off team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Behind Hamilton was the first Scuderia Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel who set a time of 1:16.208 to go third fastest continuing on from his strong performance in Free Practice 1 this morning.

Red Bull Racing were the first team to break the 1:17.000 when Max Verstappen vaulted to the top twelve minutes into the sessions. As soon as Verstappen broke this barrier, Daniel Ricciardo demoted him with a time of 1:17.716. The Dutch driver finished the session with a time of 1:16.456 with Ricciardo closely behind with a time of 1:16.490.

Kimi Raikkonen finished the session in sixth for Ferrari with a time of 1:16.512. Finishing two positions lower than this mornings session but improving on his time by nearly three tenths of a second. Nico Hulkenberg improved massively on his morning session for Sahara Force India as he finishes FP2 in seventh. Behind him was the McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button.

After a successful FP1, Button continued the pace into FP2 after he finishes the session with a time of 1:17.087. His session came to an early end as he was sent to the medical centre. Following the chequered flag it was announced that Button was complaining of an eye irritation. He was sent to Mannheim Hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Sergio Perez improved on his morning session to finish FP2 in ninth for Force India, with a time of 1:17.148. Fernando Alonso completes the top ten for McLaren. Just missing out on the top ten was the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr. The Spaniard finished the session with a time of 1:17.342 with team-mate Daniil Kvyat closely behind in twelfth.

Improving on his morning session time by 0.785, Valtteri Bottas finished in thirteenth for Williams Martini Racing. Romain Grosjean finished the session in fourteenth for Haas F1 Team. Throughout the session he was battling problems under braking. Felipe Massa was unable to continue his FP1 performance into the second session, only managing fifteenth for Williams.

Esteban Gutierrez makes an appearance in this session for Haas after Charles Leclerc drove his VF-16 during the opening practice. The Mexican finished the session with a time of 1:18.005 ahead of the Renault Sport F1 of Kevin Magnussen. The Dane improved from his morning session time to finish the session with a time of 1:18.056.

Ahead of the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, who after a good morning session in eleventh only managed to finish in eighteenth in FP2 ahead of the Manor Racing of Pascal Wehrlein. The German managed to finish the session ahead of his team-mate Rio Haryanto. Unlike this morning when Haryanto finished in front by 0.808 seconds.

Separating the Manors was the Renault of Jolyon Palmer, who sat out of this mornings session to allow Esteban Ocon drive time for Renault. Felipe Nasr was unable to match the pace of the other drivers on the grid and finished the session in twenty-second with a time of 1:19.295.

Race control issued a message to all eleven teams to say that the situation of drivers running wide beyond track limits at Turn 1 was being carefully monitored. Drivers were regularly warned by their teams.

German Grand Prix Free Practice 2

16Nico RosbergGERMercedes1:15.61443
244Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes1:16.00836
35Sebastian VettelGERFerrari1:16.20839
433Max VerstappenNEDToro Rosso-Renault1:16.45640
53Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Tag Heuer1:16.49038
67Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrari1:16.51245
727Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-Mercedes1:16.78143
822Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda1:17.08716
911Sergio PerezMEXForce India-Mercedes1:17.14844
1014Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda1:17.22521
1155Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Renault1:17.34232
1226Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull-Tag Heuer1:17.36738
1377Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes1:17.42544
148Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas-Ferrari1:17.60213
1519Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes1:17.68640
1621Esteban GutierrezMEXHaas-Ferrari1:18.00542
1720Kevin MagnussenDNKRenault1:18.05646
189Marcus EricssonSWESauber-Ferrari1:18.13028
1994Pascal WehrleinGERManor-Mercedes1:18.19342
2030Jolyon PalmerGBRRenault1:18.31347
2188Rio HaryantoINOManor-Mercedes1:18.59147
2212Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari1:19.29541